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Vanguard Small-Cap ETF VB

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Morningstar’s Analysis

Will VB outperform in future?

Get our overall rating based on a fundamental assessment of the pillars below.

A well-constructed small-cap fund with a sizable cost advantage.


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Vanguard Small-Cap Index has some great features. Its well-diversified portfolio and rock-bottom expense ratio should provide a sustainable edge over its Morningstar Category peers. But small-cap stocks are less liquid than large caps, so forced trades can impart additional costs to index-tracking strategies. Although the fund takes prudent steps to mitigate these costs, its lowest-cost share classes warrant a Morningstar Analyst Rating downgrade to Silver from Gold.

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